Worker at carbon black plant, Sunray, Texas (LOC)

Vachon, John,, 1914-1975,, photographer.


Worker at carbon black plant, Sunray, Texas




1 transparency : color.



Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.

Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.



World War, 1939-1945


United States--Texas--Sunray


Format: Transparencies--Color


Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.


Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,


Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-59 (DLC) 93845501


General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at


Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL):


Call Number: LC-USW36-842



  • Edward E Chillington 5y

    helluva image, the composition is very memorable with that roofline and the way the hat is almost just a hint. great, great work.
  • ljcdlc01 5y

    Man what a powerful image. Love the picture.
  • Esperanza rubilar 5y

    esta wenisimo
  • Nathaly Souza 5y

  • Michael Kent 5y

    Very powerful portrait, worth many a poem.
  • martin 5y

    i like the pic cuz i look like that every other day and nobodys at my job taking pix
  • H. Kosin 5y

    Eine sehr schön gestaltetes Foto.
    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)
  • James Offer 4y

  • Loretta Lynn Owens 4y

    Love, love, love this.
  • Ten:22 4y

    I used this as part of a remix of several different photos for my music project. Not sure if it's going to be an ad, a poster, a shirt, or what. Maybe it will just be. Note that the coal worker looks dramatically different when you lighten things up a bit. He's more like a cowboy here.

  • Steven Hammerli 4y

    i love you
  • L Mitchell 4y

    A very powerful photo of what legnths a man will go to in order to support a family. Disturbing !
  • Norskejenta1 4y

    Mosts Hard working men did all types of dirty jobs to earn a dollar. Most likely he is gone. The men back then were willing to work no matter what. Great Photo and Tribute to the Hard working American Men.
  • Norskejenta1 4y

    Then when this Hard worker went home, he didn't have a bath tub to clean up. Most likely no running water or electricity. Probably very little food.
  • imeanyou 4y

    Sunray..some kind of sick joke.
  • AL Perry 3y

    great shot
  • alanjoao 3y

    awesome work !!!
  • nakedhand 3y

    One of the best photographs I have seen in a long time. Just incredible on all levels.
  • Texas State Library and Archives Commission 2y

    Thanks for sharing this in our "Picture Texas with TSLAC" group (! I shared it on TSLAC's Facebook page ( -Cesar
  • David McDow 2y

    Man, this guy worked hard and sacrificed his health for his family, I'm sure... tough man. Not sure how many of us would make that sacrifice these days...
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